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Iberian Brown Bear Genes Found in Extinct Atlas Bears

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Offline steveT

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« on: December 17, 2012, 23:24 PM »

Somewhere some years ago the possibility of Iberian brown bears swimming the Straits to Morocco and atleast augmenting genetic stock in the atlas bear race was discussed. Apparently the story is more interesting that just yes or no. DNA tests show the presence of 2 clades in the bears tested ( sud fossils tissue used ) in North Africa. One clade is that of the Iberian type the other of a new clade that is no longer present ( ie extinct) - whether the 2 inter bred is not known - ie there needs to be more samples found and tested.


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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2014, 17:27 PM »
Interesting! It had never occured to me to think about their more southerly migrations.

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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2014, 23:04 PM »
It's not clear how the Spanish group got there - its either swimming or release/escape in Roman times from those that were captured in Spain for the North African arenas.